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2016 Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from a distributor

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RATINGS

94Vinous / IWC

...fruit-focused and high-energy effort, lifting up with a spicy and slightly exotic display, showing sour cherry, wild strawberry, savory herbs and hints of animal musk...silky in texture with fleshy red berries further excited by juicy acids, giving way to salty minerals and pretty inner florals. Tannins saturate through the finish, yet this remains balanced throughout with a resonating note of black licorice...very impressive. Well done!

94James Suckling

A firm, linear red with cherry, plum and hints of chocolate, as well as bark. Some fruit-tea leaves as well...full-bodied and layered, chewy and intense. Fine tannins.

90Wine Enthusiast

The aromas recall dark-skinned fruit, underbrush and cooking spice. The concentrated palate offers dried black cherry, clove and licorice alongside dusty tannins.

15.5Jancis Robinson

Stalky, sweet cherry fruit nose with the merest hint of fruit cake and a peppery tingle. Voluptuous sweet cherry-compote palate with plenty of acidity, coating tannins and with a slight heat on the finish...certainly long.

REGION

Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino is regarded as one of Italy’s best appellations. Located in south central Tuscany below Chianti, the wines of Brunello di Montalcino DOCG are made of a Sangiovese clone called “brunello,” which means “little dark one,” a reference to the brown tones in the skin of the grape. Unlike some Tuscan appellations that allow other grapes to be blended with Sangiovese, Brunello di Montalcino is entirely Sangiovese. Montalcino itself is a picturesque, hill-top town not especially well known for wine production until the mid-19th century, when a local vineyard owner isolated the brunello clone and planted it. Other growers followed suit. Nevertheless it wasn’t until 1970s that wine enthusiasts started paying attention to Brunello di Montalcino, which by then was becoming an outstanding wine. Today there are 120 estates in the DOCG, up from about 25 estates in 1975. Brunellos in general are bigger, darker, more tannic and more powerful wines than Chiantis or most other Sangioveses. By law they must be aged for four years, and two of those years must be in wooden barrels.